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A Supreme Court Case That’s Just A Little Fishy

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A fishy tale from the Supreme Court that may give us a clue about bigger cases to come.

Justice Department Announces There Will Be No Federal Charges Against George Zimmerman

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Nearly three years to the day after it started, the George Zimmerman case is essentially over.

Federal Judge Orders Temporary Halt To President’s Deferred Deportation Program

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A Federal Judge has issued a temporary halt to the Obama Administration’s deferred deportation program, but appeals can be expected.

Pennsylvania Governor Imposes Moratorium On Death Penalty

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Reflecting a growing national trend away from the barbarity of capital punishment, the Governor of Pennsylvania has imposed a moratorium on executions in the Keystone State.

Justice Ginsburg “Not 100 Percent Sober” During State Of The Union

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During the State of the Union Address in January, cameras caught Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appearing to doze off about half way through the President’s speech. As it turns out, the Justices were apparently partying prior to the big event: Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg admits to sharing some wine with her colleagues […]

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Americans Are Ready For Nationwide Same-Sex Marriage

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Justice Ginsburg acknowledges the fact that, over the past nineteen years, same-sex marriage has gone from something that most Americans oppose to something that most Americans are willing to accept.

The Supreme Court Sends More Signals That It’s Ready To Strike Down Same-Sex Marriage Bans

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By refusing to stay the legalization of same-sex marriage in Alabama, the Supreme Court has sent the strongest signal yet that it is ready to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide.

Same-Sex Marriages Go Forward In Alabama While Roy Moore Channels George Wallace

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In the end, there is no difference between Roy Moore resisting a Federal Court Order related to same-sex marriage and George Wallace’s efforts to block desegregation.

Today in Grand Irony

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The same-sex marriage battle is on in Alabama

Alabama Chief Justice: Ignore the Federal Court

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Roy Moore is at it again.

Boehner Says House Republicans Likely To Sue Obama Over Immigration

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Get ready for another pointless House lawsuit against the President.

Report: Bowe Bergdahl To Be Charged With Desertion, Unlikely To Serve Time In Prison

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Reports indicate that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is likely to be charged with desertion for leaving his post in 2009, but he’s unlikely to serve time in prison.

Senate Republicans May Eliminate Filibuster For Supreme Court Nominees

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For some reason, Republicans want to change filibuster rules even though it’s unclear that they’ll still hold the Senate after 2016.

Federal Civil Rights Charges Unlikely Against Darren Wilson In Michael Brown Shooting

Protests Continue In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

Not surprisingly, the Federal investigation of the Michael Brown shooting is ending much like the state investigation did.

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Same-Sex Marriage Cases

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The two decade long argument over same-sex marriage appears headed for its final legal showdown.

Joe Paterno’s Wins Restored

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A victory for evil.

Virginia Legislator Wins Special Election Despite Being In Jail

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A former Democratic state legislator in Virginia was re-elected last night despite the fact that he’s in jail.

Petraeus Committed Felonies, FBI Finds

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David Petraeus provided highly classified secrets to his mistress. Will he be charged?

Charlie Hebdo Suspects Dead After Dual Standoffs

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The men responsible for the Charlie Hebdo massacre are dead, but the problems for France, and the rest of Europe, may just be at the beginning.

Cleveland Police Let 12 Year Old Tamir Rice Lay Dying After Unprovoked Shooting

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New details in the shooting of 12 year old Tamir Rice raise more questions.

FEC Sues Christine O’Donnell Over Campaign Irregularities

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Christine O’Donnell has largely been out of the news since losing the 2010 Delaware Senate race to Senator Chris Coons, but the Federal Election Commission didn’t forget about her: Once upon a time there was a candidate for U.S. Senate who told voters she wasn’t a witch. But her story doesn’t end there. Christine O’Donnell, […]

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Sentenced To Two Years In Prison

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Some will say two years isn’t long enough, but under the circumstances it seems appropriate.

John Hinckley Jr. Will Not Be Charged In Death Of James Brady

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An entirely unsurprising decision from Federal Prosecutors in Washington, D.C.

Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Obama’s Immigration Executive Action

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A Federal Judge has dismissed the first lawsuit filed against President Obama’s immigration “executive action.”

Congressman Michael Grimm To Resign

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A week after pleading guilty, and just shy of two months of being re-elected despite facing a 20 count indictment, Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm will be resigning Congress: WASHINGTON — Michael G. Grimm, the Republican Party’s lone congressional representative in New York City, announced late Monday night that he would resign effective Jan. 5, […]

Supreme Court To Consider Whether To Accept 6th Circuit Marriage Appeals On January 9th

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Shortly after the new year, we could know whether or not the Supreme Court will issue a definitive ruling on same-sex marriage by the end of June.

Rep. Michael Grimm Pleads Guilty To Tax Evasion

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Some eight months after being indicted, Michael Grimm, the only Republican representing a Congressional District inside New York City, has plead guilty to a single count of tax evasion, raising questions about how he can continue in office: A former Marine and agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation who first ran for office as […]

Army Investigation Of Bowe Berghdahl Referred To Top General

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The Army’s investigation of the disappearance five years ago of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been referred to a top General, who will decide if a court martial should be convened.

Only One Person Has ‘Blood On His Hands’ In The Deaths Of Officers Ramos And Liu, And He’s Already Dead

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NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were shot dead while sitting in their patrol car In Brooklyn. And those suggesting that anyone other than the killer has “blood on their hands” are being absurd.

Supreme Court Refuses To Block Same-Sex Marriages In Florida

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More interesting developments from the Supreme Court on what has been one of the biggest legal stories of 2014.

F.C.C. Rejects Petition To Declare ‘Redskins’ An Obscene Word

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Not surprisingly, the F.C.C. has rejected a petition to ban the word “Redskins” from the airwaves.

Oklahoma And Nebraska Sue Colorado Over Marijuana Legalization

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Nebraska and Oklahoma are suing Colorado over the Centennial State’s decision to legalize marijuana, but they don’t seem to have much of a case.

Federal Judge Kind Of, Sort Of Finds Obama’s Immigration Action Unconstitutional In Poorly Reasoned Decision

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A Federal Judge has issued a ruling that sort of says that President Obama’s Immigration action is unconstitutional. Except it’s poorly reasoned, and apparently not legally binding on anyone.

Sandy Hook Shooting Families File Legally Dubious Lawsuit Against AR-15 Manufacturer

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The families of many of the Sandy Hook victims are seeking to have the manufacturer of the AR-15 held legally responsible for what happened. While understandable, their lawsuit is misplaced and largely without legal merit.

Supreme Court: Police Can Make ‘Reasonable’ Mistakes Of Law In Executing A Traffic Stop

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The Supreme Court says that police who have a “reasonable” misunderstanding of the law can still pull you over.

The Amorality Of Dick Cheney And The Right In Response To The Truth About C.I.A. Torture

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Vice-President Cheney’s amoral defense of torture has come to define how most conservatives view the issue, and that’s a problem.

Sony Seeks To Scare Press Away From Publishing Information Obtained in Hacking Attack

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Sony is warning the press not to publish material leaked by hackers, but it doesn’t have much of a legal leg to stand on.

Hostage Crisis In Sydney, Australia Cafe Apparently Linked To Terrorism

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A hostage crisis has been unfolding overnight at a cafe in Sydney, Australia that has apparent links to international terrorism.

Justice Department Won’t Force One Reporter To Testify, Faces A Choice On Another

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The Justice Department won’t force James Risen to testify in a legal investigation, but faces a new choice in a different case.

Arbitrator Upholds Adrian Peterson Suspension

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Unlike Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson has lost his bid to have his suspension overturned.

Republicans Seek To Use Budget To Block D.C. Marijuana Legalization

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The budget bill Congress set to pass Congress would effectively reverse the will of the voters of Washington, D.C., who just voted to legalize marijuana.

Columbia Law School To Let Students Postpone Exams Due To “Trauma” Over Ferguson, Garner

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Apparently, law schools are in the business of coddling their special snowflake children now.

Torture Report’s Long Shadow

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What now?

Bill Cosby vs. Ben Roethlisberger

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Chris Rock wants us to remember that Bill Cosby isn’t the only celebrity accused of rape.

Supreme Court: Amazon Employees Don’t Have To Be Paid To Wait In Line To Leave Work

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The Court holds that Federal Law does not require employees to be paid for the time waiting to get through mandatory security screening.

Independent Prosecutors For Police Misconduct Cases Is An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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Many have suggested that prosecution of cases involving police misconduct should be handled by prosecutors who don’t work with local police departments on a regular basis. They’re right.

Law (and Law Enforcement) Need not Lead to Violence

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Despite some of the commentary on threads from recent posts, the presence of the law does not mean that force is around the corner (or that law enforcement officers have no choice but resort to violence in the face of malefactors). Via AL.com: Police officer buys eggs for woman caught shoplifting to feed her family […]

Supreme Court To Decide If State Can Deny License Plate With Confederate Flag Design

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The Supreme Court is set to decide if the state can deny a license plate with the Confederate flag design because it is “offensive.”

On Resisting Arrest

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Several of my recent posts have been on the question of whether a specific law can be said to be to blame for outcomes like the Eric Garner situation or whether it is about the enforcement of those laws (and the behavior of the police). To add some numbers to that debate we have the […]

11th Circuit Strikes Down Florida Law Mandating Drug Tests For Welfare Recipients

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For the fourth time in three years, a Federal Court has ruled that Florida’s law requiring drug tests for welfare recipients is unconstitutional.

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